Longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize

Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee

Nonfiction · Allen & Unwin

Eggshell Skull

About the book

“This is a compelling and brilliantly observed first-hand account of the vagaries of our legal system, particularly for women in sexual assault cases.”

– 2019 Stella Prize Judges

Bri Lee

About the author

Bri Lee

Bri Lee is a writer and editor whose work has been published in The GuardianGriffith Review, the VICE network and elsewhere, and she regularly appears on ABC Radio. In 2016 Bri was the recipient of the inaugural Kat Muscat Fellowship, and in 2017 was one of Griffith Review‘s Queensland writing fellows. She is the founding editor of the quarterly print periodical Hot Chicks with Big Brains, which has published nonfiction about women and their work since 2015. In 2018 Bri received a Commonwealth Government of Australia scholarship and stipend to work on her second book at the University of Queensland. She is qualified to practice law, but doesn’t.

Further Reading


“This book sears with white-hot feminist rage: at the reverberation of the abuse in her daily life; at the injustices of the legal system, the obtuseness of its bureaucracies, the institutional violence it perpetrates against victims.” Alison Huber, Readings

“Blow-by-blow details of the confronting cases coupled with the writer’s trauma make for a relentless read, but the book is at its strongest when its charting the minutiae of how women are gaslit by men and the system alike.” Sonia Nair, Books+Publishing

“Written with raw energy and cool intelligence, Eggshell Skull reminds us of the prevalence of abuse and injustice in our communities and demonstrates the immense courage and determination necessary to combat it.” Ashley Kalagian, Newtown Review of Books

“Lee is clear-eyed and sometimes scathing about a system where “a wreck of a car is evidence, but the wrecked body of a woman isn’t”. At the same time, her respect for legal processes turns this into a complicated memoir of the law as it is lived.” The Saturday Paper

“This book is for all of those too afraid to speak out, fearful that they will not be believed.” Astrid Edwards, The Garrett


Read ‘Burden of Proof: Bri Lee’s Egshell Skull’ in Kill Your Darlings

Read ‘Reporting my sexual assault was horrific but healing. Here’s what I learned’ by Bri Lee in Guardian Australia

Read ‘Sharing our stories is the strength at the heart of #MeToo’ by Bri Lee in Guardian Australia

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